Swell time for Oz wave
200kW oscillating water column prototype to be installed off Tasmania
Australian marine developer Wave Swell Energy will next year install a 200kW oscillating water column (OWC) prototype off King Island in Tasmania.
The company said the device would be deployed in a benign wave climate on the eastern side of King Island prior to the installation of a full-scale 1MW version on the west coast.
The 200kW Wave Swell Energy OWC project is slated to operational before the end of 2018, concurrent with the development of the 1MW device.
“This initial smaller project will bridge the gap between the tank testing and commercial phases of the technology's development,” it said in a statement.
“Many past failures in the sector have been attributed to transitioning too quickly from the R&D stage to the commercial phase. The project will also provide an opportunity to fine-tune the operation of the device in an easily accessible location.”
The Wave Swell Energy OWC features a concrete gravity structure that sits partially submerged on the seabed.
The device funnels waves in and out of an opening, generating power via a turbine.
Image: Wave Swell Energy OWC (Wave Swell Energy)